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Natural Resources Synthetic Materials Impact on Society Project Activity

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7th - 10th
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Materials of the future RESEARCH PROJECT! Introduce students to materials science as they research a synthetic material that will change the future and create a presentation to demonstrate what they've learned - great way to cover NGSS MS-PS1-3 and focus on how synthetic materials impact society!

This activity includes the following components:

  • CHOICE: Students choose from a provided list of 17 "materials of the future".
  • RESEARCH: Students follow clear instructions to use the internet to find information about their material, including its source, its properties and function, and its potential impact on society in the future. To make the research easier, students are provided a "Research Organizer" that serves as a guide for what questions to research as well as a place to record their findings.
  • PRESENTATION: Students create a presentation (using their or your choice of applications such as Google Slides or Canva) to present what they have learned.

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  • Background info
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  • 17 Materials for students to choose from
  • Research organizer
  • Rubric

This research project is not based on any particular website, rather students use Google to find the specifically requested information. Please note that this resource is not editable.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. Examples of the design process include examining human environmental impacts, assessing the kinds of solutions that are feasible, and designing and evaluating solutions that could reduce that impact. Examples of human impacts can include water usage (such as the withdrawal of water from streams and aquifers or the construction of dams and levees), land usage (such as urban development, agriculture, or the removal of wetlands), and pollution (such as of the air, water, or land).
Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society. Emphasis is on natural resources that undergo a chemical process to form the synthetic material. Examples of new materials could include new medicine, foods, and alternative fuels. Assessment is limited to qualitative information.
Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems. Examples of evidence include grade-appropriate databases on human populations and the rates of consumption of food and natural resources (such as freshwater, mineral, and energy). Examples of impacts can include changes to the appearance, composition, and structure of Earth’s systems as well as the rates at which they change. The consequences of increases in human populations and consumption of natural resources are described by science, but science does not make the decisions for the actions society takes.


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